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What I'm going to tell you today is tricky to explain, but the two factors described in this post are likely the most important keys to success you will ever need to master.
So bear with me as I map this out.
To succeed in anything in life there is a back and forth that goes on. It’s like the two beats of your heart. The yin and yang of achievement.
Success Factor 1 - Lean In. Hard.
On the one hand, you have to push, push, push and really hang it out there. Put your energy and heart and soul into what you're doing.
Success Factor 2 - But Let Go Of The Results.
On the other hand, you have to go with the flow. Let the Dao guide you. Not care so much that you get paralyzed by every step. Relax, and let whatever is going to happen emerge and grow without trying to control too much.
Balancing These Two Factors Is The Key To Success
How do we balance these two? Great question, and it is easier than you might think. You lean in, push hard, and give it everything you have with a certain abandon -- while not actually minding what happens.
You go for it! -- without focusing too much on the immediate results. You have to trust in life and that things will work out for you.
How To Know If You Have Struck The Right Balance
Here are some tips to help you gauge whether you are striking the right balance. If you feel lethargic and aren’t getting much done, you have neglected the “go, go, go” part of this.
You are expecting your dreams to fall into your lap. If so, remember this quote:
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
On the other hand, if you are constantly worrying and thinking about failure, you have neglected part two. You are too focused on results and not trusting life enough. If so, remember this quote:
“When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
When You Strike The Right Balance, Magic Happens
So let me sum this up one more time for you. On the one hand, you go, go, go and work super hard. Don't expect anything or anyone else to make your dreams come true. It's up to you.
On the other hand, lean back, relax, trust in life, and let things happen.
When you get this balance right, amazing things start to bloom. You've relaxed. You're not so tense. You're not so worried. You're not so fearful or trying too hard. You're just leaning in with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.
When you get this balance right, life feels almost effortless because you've stripped away fear while you continue to take bold action.
So try to put into practice what I've written about here. It's beautiful when it works.